29th annual Pops Concert kicks off Sunday

The James B. and Lois R. Archer Foundation will present the annual San Angelo Symphony July 3 Pops Concert Sunday at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage, 16 E. Avenue A.

The free event is entering its 29th year and draws between 25,000 and 35,000 in attendance each year. The theme of the Pops Concert this year is “Distinctly America.”

“It is not just our community and our area that enjoys this event, we are also attracting people from all over the state and it puts San Angelo on the map with the fourth largest patriotic celebration of this kind in the state of Texas,” Executive Director at San Angelo Symphony Courtney Mahaffey said.

The gates will open at noon and the ceremony will feature a military pageantry including the historic cannons of Fort Concho, the men and women of Goodfellow Air Force Base, patriotic music performed by San Angelo Symphony, Maestro Hector Guzman and cellist Elisabeth Moss and a T-6 2 flyover by pilots who are San Angelo natives and Central High School graduates.

There will also be a “kids play bin area” from 5:15-8 p.m. with free face painters and a balloon animal artist.

The Community Band will begin at 7 p.m., the dignitary featuring Congressman Mike Conaway, Senator Charles Perry, Mayor Dwain Morrison and other sponsors will be at 8:15 p.m. and the concert followed by firework sponsored by Mayfield Paper Company will start at 8:30 p.m with the fireworks expected to go off at 9:15 p.m.

General admission is free, but reserved seating is available for $10-25 and can be purchased at the San Angelo Symphony Society, 72 W. College Ave. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

Attendees may also bring their blankets and lawn chairs for free.

“Everybody always gets along at this annual event that brings the community together. Everybody is there to celebrate our country and our town, and I hope that we have a great turnout,” Mahaffey said.

For more information, call 325-658-5877 or visit sanangelosymphony.org.